The Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy has announced a year-long skipjack restoration for the Martha Lewis which will be done in public view at Hutchins Park in Havre de Grace, MD. The funding for the project will be through philanthropic support as well as community involvement.
The Martha Lewis, built in 1955 by legendary boat builder Bronza Parks for Captain James Lewis, was named for his mother. Following the restoration of the Martha Lewis in 1994 by Master Shipbuilder Allen Rawl the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy, Inc. was formed as caretaker for the vessel. Since that time the Martha Lewis has built a reputation of being one of the best maintained skipjacks on The Bay. As the years have passed the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy has tried /endeavored/ to remain proactive with the preservation as well as keeping current with all Coast Guard requirements.